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E Pluribus...Separation: Deepening Double Segregation for More Students - This report shows that segregation has increased seriously across the country for Latino and Black students. The authors summarize the most rigorous research to date showing that segregated schools are systematically linked to unequal educational opportunities. Using data from the National Center on Education Statistics, they explore how enrollment shifts and segregation trends are playing out nationally, as well as in regions, states and metropolitan areas. The authors suggest a number of specific ways to reverse the trends toward deepening resegregation and educational inequalities. (The Civil Rights Project, September 2012)...

Housing Costs, Zoning, and Access to High-Scoring Schools - This paper explores potential explanations for school inequality, including large gaps in housing costs, which are correlated with exclusionary zoning laws. The paper demonstrates that limiting the development of inexpensive housing in affluent neighborhoods fuels economic and racial segregation and contributes to significant differences in school performance across the metropolitan landscape. The author argues that in order to promote individual social mobility and broader economic security, public policies should address housing market regulations that prohibit all but the very affluent from enrolling their children in high-scoring public schools. (Brookings Institution, April 2012)...

Still Looking to the Future: Voluntary K-12 School Integration - A Manual for Parents, Educators and Advocates - This manual provides valuable guidance and information about how communities and school districts can promote racial diversity and address racial isolation in schools nationwide. This, the second edition of the manual,is being issued on the heels of the Supreme Court's June 2007 decision in Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1, which limited the ability of school districts to take race into account in achieving these goals. (NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, January 2008)...

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